Ascent of Scout Peak on 1995-05-29

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, May 29, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Scout Peak
    Elevation:9318 ft / 2840 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak is not named on the Mexican topo map. The name is unofficial and has been used by hikers for some years. The peak offers a good lookout point over Canyon del Diablo and of the west side of Picacho del Diablo.

Scout Peak is located in the Parque Nacional Sierra San Pedro Martir. If a ranger is present at the entrance station your are requested to sign in. No fee is charged, but a contribution is much appreciated. Camping is allowed most anywhere, do not cut any trees as downed firewood is plentiful and pack out all trash. There are no water sources for the public.

Take highway 1 south of Ensenada to the town of Colonet (76 miles or 123 km.) About 6 miles south of Colonet turn east onto a good dirt road with a sign indicating the Observatorio and the Meling Rancho. From here note the following mileages: 5.5 mi. reach San Telmo, 11.9 mi. reach Ejido Sinaloa, 17.2 mi. go straight at a fork, 28.5 mi. a cattle guard, 30.6 mi. (Km 49 post) go right, 31 mi. go left at Rancho Meling sign. After crossing a large wash north of Rancho Meling the road climbs steeply and reaches the park entrance gate at 49.1 miles. From here it is 10.1 miles to the fork where you turn right to the trailhead. On this road pass a well at 0.5 mi. and continue to the Los Llanitos shack at 6.3 miles. Parts of this road require 4WD. The shack is at UTM 650700E, 3425700N (NAD27). About a hundred feet north of the shack the road crosses a seasonal stream. Begin the hike here heading east and then NE on a use trail on the north side of the stream. At about 0.6 mi. there may be some ducks marking two routes to the peak. Stay left along the stream which will probably disappear as the drainage becomes narrower with larger boulders. Climb up a dry waterfall and then reach a more open forested area which is a junction of several drainages. UTM at this junction is: 652000E, 3427150N. From here head NNW and then north about 0.8 miles to the peak which is a pinnacle on the edge of the escarpment with great views. 5/95 RLC
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